The first United Airlines’ 787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of the final assembly last night at Boeing’s Everett facility. The rollout marks the first major milestone in the aircraft’s production ahead of its expected delivery this summer.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second and newest member of the fuel-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched 20 feet longer than the 787-8, United’s 787-9 will be able to fly more than 30 additional passengers and up to 300 nautical miles farther with the same exceptional environmental performance. The savings include up to 20 percent less fuel burn per seat and up to 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft. The airline is the North American launch customer for the aircraft.
“The 787-9 is an amazing aircraft that builds on the 787-8’s proven fuel efficiency, performance and customer comfort,” said Ron Baur, United’s vice president of fleet.
“We are excited to add the 787-9 to our Dreamliner fleet as it gives us even more flexibility and range to capitalize on our extensive worldwide route network.”
Earlier this year, United announced that it will fly the 787-9 on the nonstop service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and Melbourne, Australia. This new service will begin in October. The airline will fly the route six times per week with the aircraft. United will be the first North American carrier to take delivery of the 787-9, and this will be the airline’s first international deployment of the aircraft type.
Over the coming months, the aircraft will move to the next phase of completion, which includes final cabin configuration and painting. United’s 787-9 will be configured with 252 seats – 48 in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space. United’s first 787-9 will also be one of five aircraft used by Boeing in a flight test program to certify the aircraft.
The 787 Dreamliner is revolutionising the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. In 2013, United’s 787 had the highest customer satisfaction scores of any aircraft in its fleet.
To date, United has flown its 787 fleet more than 30,000 hours on over 4,400 flights. The airline now operates 10 787 Dreamliners with an additional 55 on order, including the 787-9. The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large overhead bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.